Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies

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These easy Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies are made with apple sauce to use a fraction of the butter – yet they still have the same great flavor and texture. Perfect for your Holiday baking!

These easy Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies are made with apple sauce to use a fraction of the butter – yet they still have the same great flavor and texture. Perfect for your Holiday baking!
Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies

Although I’m personally not a fan of gingerbread cookies, Madison LOVES baking them, decorating them and eating them so I bake them every year. I’ve been using this Low Fat Gingerbread Cookie recipe for years with perfect results every time. Some years we even make them into gingerbread tree ornaments.

This year I wanted to make them into Christmas trees. No cookie cutter required, all I used was a knife to cut them into triangles!

These easy Gingerbread cookies are made with apple sauce to use a fraction of the butter – yet they still have the same great flavor and texture. Perfect for your Holiday baking!

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These easy Gingerbread cookies are made with apple sauce to use a fraction of the butter – yet they still have the same great flavor and texture. Perfect for your Holiday baking!
These easy Gingerbread cookies are made with apple sauce to use a fraction of the butter – yet they still have the same great flavor and texture. Perfect for your Holiday baking!
These easy Gingerbread cookies are made with apple sauce to use a fraction of the butter – yet they still have the same great flavor and texture. Perfect for your Holiday baking!
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These easy Gingerbread cookies are made with apple sauce to use a fraction of the butter – yet they still have the same great flavor and texture. Perfect for your Holiday baking!
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These easy Gingerbread cookies are made with apple sauce to use a fraction of the butter – yet they still have the same great flavor and texture. Perfect for your Holiday baking!
These easy Gingerbread cookies are made with apple sauce to use a fraction of the butter – yet they still have the same great flavor and texture. Perfect for your Holiday baking!

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These easy Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies are made with apple sauce to use a fraction of the butter – yet they still have the same great flavor and texture. Perfect for your Holiday baking!
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Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies

106 Cals 1.5 Protein 24 Carbs 1 Fats
Prep Time: 2 hrs 20 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs 30 mins
Yield: 60 cookies
COURSE: Dessert
CUISINE: American
These Gingerbread cookies are made with a fraction of the butter – yet they still have the same great flavor and texture. This year I wanted to make them into Christmas trees. No cookie cutter required, all I used was a knife to cut them into triangles!

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar, 170 grams
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup dark molasses
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting, 485 grams, plus more for dusting
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves

For the Icing:

  • 1 1/2 tbsp egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 5 to 6 drops green food coloring
  • colored sprinkles

Instructions

For the cookies:

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugar and applesauce until smooth. Add the egg and molasses, mix well.
  • In another large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and spices. Add to sugar and molasses mixture, stirring well with the mixer. Use your hands to form a large ball, the dough will be a little sticky.
  • Wash and dry your hands. Place flour on your hands so the dough doesn't stick to you, lay dough on a floured surface, then divide the dough into two flat balls, adding more flour if sticky; cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  • After the dough has chilled 2 hours, preheat the oven to 350°F. Generously dust the surface of your working area with flour before rolling out the dough. Work with one ball of dough at a time, keep the other refrigerated while you do so.
  • Depending on how thin you roll the dough out and the size of your trees, makes at least 60 tree cookies.
  • Roll the dough out to 1/8-inch thickness, sprinkle a little flour on top of the dough if it's a little sticky. Trim the uneven edges off to square the dough, then using a knife cut the dough into 3 1/2 inch strips. Then cut the strips into triangles.
  • Place the cookies 1 or 2 inches apart on a silpat-lined baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes.

For the icing:

  • Mix the egg whites with lemon juice. Combine with powdered sugar, mixing well then add a few drops of green food coloring until you get the color you desire.
  • If the icing is too thin, add a little more powdered sugar, if it's too thick add a drop of lemon juice or water. Transfer to a piping bag to decorate cookies when cookies are cooled.
  • To decorate, pipe the cookies with the frosting one at a time, quickly adding the sprinkles before it hardens.

Nutrition

Serving: 2cookies, Calories: 106kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 1.5g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 50mg, Sugar: 13.5g
WW Points Plus: 3
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  1. Overall, loved this recipe and will make again! Loved the flavor and soft texture.  If you follow the instructions for the sticky dough, plopping it on a floured surface and flouring your hands, it’s no problem. Used tree & holly cookie cutters instead. Makes a lot! I definitely have to master the art of piping, because that was very messy for me. Even my kids who normally don’t like gingerbread, loved these cookies! 

  2. These cookies were amazing. I put in refrigerator overnight. I sprinkled flour on board and rolled them out. Didn’t make them all, saving the other 1/2 for later and froze it. I made these cookies for packages I was giving to my family and friends.

  3. Can parchment paper be used in place of a silpat mat?

  4. My mom, sister and I made this today. I’m on WW and was so happy to find the recipe. When we tasted the cookies we couldn’t believe how delicious they are! And so easy to make. They will become a holiday tradition for sure. Thanks so much!!!!

  5. Hmm. Count me among those for whom this didn’t quite work. Granted, I’m gluten free, but I’m a baker, and I was using my favorite cup for cup flour that had never failed me before. This came out more like a pancake batter than a gingerbread dough. I ended up adding a *full cup* more flour, but then the flavor was bland, so I added another half teaspoon of ginger and of cinnamon, then another quarter teaspoon of cloves (risky, I know). Anyway, it’s sitting in the fridge now. I’ll likely have some pretty tough cookies tomorrow. Maybe cut the applesauce in half?

  6. Gina! These were amazing and the kids LOVED them so that’s a win! Thank you so much 💓

  7. These are great! I am not normally a fan of gingerbread, but I love these! I ended up refrigerating my dough over night, but it turned out great and was easy to roll out. I did prefer to only bake them for about 8 and a half minutes for a little softer cookie. I love a little bit healthier cookie for the holidays.

  8. I usually love Gina’s recipes, but this dough was way too sticky for me. They were decent and my kids ate them, but for me they weren’t worth the calories compared to all her other dessert recipes I’ve tried.

    • Me, too.  Just threw half of it out.  Going to try to salvage the other half by adding more flour.  I tried rolling to 1/8 and it was too thin 

      • I just tested again and mine were good, I did have to add more flour to my work surface and to keep it from getting sticky. I also updated the recipe with a few tips, so I hope this helps!

    • Refrigerating the dough 2 hours is a must, also you should flour your hands and work surface.

  9. Great recipe nice flavor and so easy to roll out!  I will be making these again!!  I not only made the trees, but made some into Santa hats & gnomes too!

  10. Can the cookies be frozen after they have been cooked?

  11. I refrigerated the dough overnight and it was perfect for rolling and cutting.  Will definitely add to my annual holiday baking list!

  12. Just made that recipe with my kids. I was a bit scared after reading the comments, but I ended up with a really nice dough. I often find gingerbread recipe not tasting enough, but this one is very tasty. Even the day after they stated soft and chewy.